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    22 Famous Sayings With Weird Origins You Might Not Know

    From literary to nautical, these sayings have a rich history!

    Most common sayings and expressions have unclear origins, but we can look back to the furthest recorded evidence of them to get an idea of when and where they came from.

    That being said, here are 22 sayings that have some interesting origins:

    1. "A sight for sore eyes"

    2. "Bite the bullet"

    3. "Hands down"

    4. "Crocodile tears"

    5. "Cat got your tongue?"

    6. "Caught red-handed"

    7. "Waking up on the wrong side of the bed"

    8. "Running Amok"

    9. "Can't hold a candle"

    Hands hold a candle in a dark room

    10. "Break the ice"

    11. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do"

    The Roman Colosseum at daybreak

    12. "Rub the wrong way"

    13. "Barking up the wrong tree"

    14. "Paint the town red"

    15. "Bury the hatchet"

    16. "Cold feet"

    17. "Show your true colors"

    18. "Put a sock in it"

    19. "Steal your thunder"

    20. "Spill the beans"

    21. "Rule of thumb"

    22. "By and large"

    Are any of these phrase origins new to you? Any origins of sayings not on here that you'd like to share with the rest of the class? Comment below!